Jan 26, 2017

Para American Apparel

You were already waiting for me when I first opened my eyes. Your hands were bigger than mine yet way smaller than the ones that carried me. Your eyes and lips were big for your face and your hair was past your shoulders. You promised me you would be my friend forever. I lived on floor 5, you lived on floor 3. You had older brothers, I had my mom and dad. My mom told me we were gifts to each other since neither of us had sisters. We would take turns playing with your life sized Barbie and I wouldn't ever want to leave your super tiny, girly room. I wanted to be you so bad, but never because I didn't want to be me, I just loved you so much I wanted to embody who you were. When I moved away we had to adjust, but I still got to spend weekends with you at Mama's. We weren't alone anymore either. Our family kept growing and we had so many little people to play with and love, but we were always the pair that stuck. We grew out of childhood and started to deal with boy crushes and body development. I was always prepared because you always went through things first and wouldn't hide anything from me. We grew different entities when high school came around; different schools, different friends. But our bond was so strong we managed to glue it all together eventually. There were times where we cried and neither of us was ever too far to wipe a tear away. Now we're women and instead of playing house we actually holding down the house. And the older I get the more I realize that you aren't my cousin, or even my sister, you're my soulmate. I wouldn't have grown into myself without you. I mean, we are Kelly and Shelly. 

All photos taken by Laura Ciriaco for American Apparel. Wearing American Apparel bodysuits, tie-top, and python mini. Featuring Kelly Victorio.

Jan 19, 2017


I live by the term "short and sweet." A magazine whose lifeline only dated 10 years in it's prime, but is still influencing a generation after it's demise... It's the beauty of content. Nova was a magazine for the readers who were tired of Vogue and needed something bold and different to look at. They were unafraid of nudity, of speaking on woman's rights, of making the world see that there was a norm that they were sweeping under the rug and they were ready to expose it. Visually speaking, Nova worked with a small team of present day legends, including the work of Molly Parkin, Caroline Baker, Susan Sontag, Harri Peccinotti, Helmut Newton, and David Hillman to name a few. Caroline Baker is a favorite of mine being that she (at the time of Nova) was a young stylist who didn't care for labels. Yet, her work was still seen influencing the runway after her low budget outfits made an appearance in Nova publications. There was a desire to rebel and create 'cool' rather than conform to the 'normal' appeal. The vision of her work was more important than the boujeeness of what the models were wearing, something I try to keep in mind with my work as well.  
"Through my pages at Nova I was having a wonderful time, being a bit of a feminist and a rebel, saying, 'I don't want to wear heels and lipstick!' We don't want to be objects for men, but we do want to wear men's clothing and we want to have men's jobs." -Caroline Baker for 10Magazine.
Nova Magazine (1965-1975), Resurrected in 1999 for 6 issues.
Thank you to those who worked on Nova's issues. You are part of The Influence.
Photos credited to the contributors of Nova Magazine.

Jan 12, 2017

A Siren's Tale

I just want to pick at your head for a little while. Analyze your movements and gestures. Memorize the way you blink your eyes for certain feelings. Listen to the bass tone of your voice while you talk about all of the things that fascinate you. Get caught in a taste of your essence. It's not because I'm in love. It's because I'm interested in reading you. I spend hours figuring you out so it's easier to read everyone else. The most complex thing about humans is their emotions, and how they react to them is what determines their character. I don't like to waste my time on unworthy character flaws. I already have my own to deal with. I determine if I lure you and keep you in my trance.

Wearing a Marciano jumpsuit, La Perla bra set, La Perla heels, and vintage accessories.

Hair and makeup by Chemistry.
All photos taken on film by Cherry on my 22nd birthday.

Jan 5, 2017

Brand New Bitch

I'll start off with setting the mood... Alicia Key's 'Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude) is playing on loop. It's a little chilly but there's a warm feeling coming from the pit of my stomach, similar to the one of taking a shot of whiskey after a long day of work. It's a good burn. Because that burn is going to satisfy all of my needs in due time. There's a room full of people in a dim room. I'm sitting in a corner, not looking to bother or get bothered. I just want to finish my glass and dance by myself to the smooth jazz of Alicia's voice. There's a gaze on me and although I want to ignore it, it's too strong to not give it attention. So I turn to look and my eyes lock on an intense pair of brown eyes. Caught in a trance I can't get out of. I have to step outside. I'm craving a cigarette, something I don't even like, just to relax a little. Rapid attachment and emotion gives me anxiety. I draw in deep breathes of cold New York air, fluff my hair, and go back inside. I look for the gaze and it's gone. Back to my regularly scheduled program... I sit down and finish my glass... It feels amazing to be alone. This is a feeling associated with womanhood. I'm becoming a brand new bitch.

Photos taken by Cherry on film on my 22nd birthday. Hair and makeup by Chemistry. Wearing a Y-3 dress and vintage accessories.